TUESDAY, 8PM ON WJCT-TV The Beatles, the Civil Rights Act, the Gulf of Tonkin. Revisit the year America began to chart a new course. The Diane Rehm ShowChasing Shackleton mickey_moussaoui 1964: The American Experience I just watched the 1964: American Experience on my local state public television. I enjoyed the program and it certainly brought back many memories. I have one issue with the producer and his choice to lean left on the historical record and the way the subliminal message was portrayed in the film. In the section on President Johnson’s efforts to move the vote on civil rights, the film passed the image that it was only Republicans who President Johnson had to sway to his side. It should be noted, for the record, that the majority of Democrats voted against the 14th amendment, The Civil Rights Act. Even though Goldwater was a dominant figure for the new Conservative Party at that time, the real barrier to Johnson’s civil rights agenda was the racist faction within the Democrat party, not the Conservative Republicans of that era. Without the support of the Republican vote, Johnson, and America would not of won that victory. It would be a good gesture if leftist Democrats finally admit that the history of their own political party wasn’t as ideologically pure as their revisionist ideas often are.